Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week asks us to take a photo with a different perspective than usual.
Last summer we had a (thankfully well-contained) wildfire on our local green space here, Wanstead Flats in East London. A while afterwards I went for a walk there and took some experimental shots (in colour) of some of the blackened and burned tree trunks lying around – several large old trees had previously been cut down and the charcoal-edged logs still sat exactly where they had been sitting before the fire. The resulting photographs seemed quite disappointing, just dull and dark and boring, so sadly I’d done nothing with them.
But for this particular challenge I had the idea of resurrecting and inverting some of these shots (changing them from positive to negative) and then greyscaling the resulting abstract images – and here they are! Definitely (for me) an unusual perspective of boring old blackened and burned logs 🙂
Three views of the great outdoors taken here in Wanstead Flats, Leytonstone, East London – even in a big city like London, we still have our own little oasis of open space to let us spend time in nature 🙂
Photo a Week Challenge: Great Outdoors
A pair of residential tower blocks silhoutted against the setting sun – taken from Wanstead Flats, Leytonstone, East London, for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pairs 🙂
Yellow flowering gorse on Wanstead Flats for today’s Flower of the Day 🙂
Taken in Leytonstone, East London on Saturday afternoon
I was out for a wander this afternoon and saw someone sitting outside painting the wide open landscape of Wanstead Flats here in Leytonstone, East London – and it seems she was doing a pretty good job! 🙂
Although we live in Leytonstone in East London, we have a much appreciated area of open greeen space accessible only a few minutes walk from our home.
Wanstead Flats sit on the Southermost edge of the ancient Epping Forest, and provides for local residents a welcome sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of everyday city living. I usually walk there a lot, but sadly during the recent heatwave we had a wildfire that quickly spread through the tinder dry grasses, scrub and trees, causing a large area to be burned before the fire was brought under control.
A couple of weeks later once the heatwave had broken, the threat of further fire had passed, and the area was no longer cordoned off by the emergency serices I went for a long walk along my usual pathways and took these images with my phone camera. I love the way the hard compressed ground of the well-worn pathways have remained so visible across the charred earth, and how resilient nature proves itself to be.
Cee’s Which Way
Taken this morning on Wanstead Flats, Leytonstone, East London 🙂